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Solution Architect – Software Defined Networks


Joining the IBM Technology Expert Labs teams means you’ll have a career delivering world-class services for our clients. As the ultimate expert in IBM products, you’ll bring together all the necessary technology and services to help customers solve their most challenging problems. Working in IBM Technology Expert Labs means accelerating the time to value confidently and ensuring speed and insight while our clients focus on what they do best—running and growing their business.

Excellent onboarding and industry-leading learning culture will set you up for a positive impact, whilst ongoing development will advance your career. Our culture is collaborative and experiential. As part of a team, you will be surrounded by bright minds and keen co-creators—always willing to help and be helped—as you apply passion to work that will positively impact the world around us.

Your Role and Responsibilities: 

As a Solution Architect, you’ll be a pivotal team member who connects the client’s technical functional and implementation requirements with a solution design and proposal. You’ll work closely with clients and sellers to build solutions based on meeting the client’s business outcomes and known best practices for the technology and industry.  In this fast-paced role, you’ll design, and construct a build work breakdown structure leading to the rough order of magnitude leading to the price and statement of work.  A successful Solution Architect will demonstrate a natural bias towards self-motivation and navigating data and people to find answers and present solutions that ensure world-class delivery.

If you are passionate about success with both your career and solving clients’ business challenges, this role is for you. To help achieve this win-win outcome, a ‘day-in-the-life’ of this opportunity may include, but not be limited to…

  • Providing expert end-to-end technical guidance to lead discovery discussions with prospective clients, assess architecture needs for projects, and work with technical leads and sellers to create proposals.
  • Leading client workshops; influencing client stakeholders at all levels to find the best architectural outcomes that align with business and technology strategies and initiatives into actionable roadmaps with clear direction on execution to ensure business value and ROI. 
  • Developing and contributing to the solution review boards for proposals including oversight for technology assurance, quality, and risk evaluation
  • Establishing and maintaining personal relationships at all levels – from engineers to CIOs – with experience in navigating challenging debates to reach healthy resolutions.

Required Experience:

  • A provable track record of documenting and sizing services-focused solutions including functional and implementation requirements that connect phases such as design, development, integration, migration, production support, and development operations.
  • Skills and knowledge for building credibility and service orientation with client stakeholders aligned to Software Networks
  • Extensive experience with multi-vendor networking products including switches, routers, wireless, firewall
  • Experience in designing, implementing, and managing 5G core networks
  • Experience with Cloud computing, networking, and orchestration tools, e.g. AWS, Azure, GCP, IBM Cloud, Kubernetes/OpenShift
  • Knowledge of networking technologies, including NG-RAN/O-RAN
  • Experience with network security solutions is a bonus
  • Experience with software-defined networking technologies including Cisco ACI, SD-WAN, VMware NSX
  • Familiarity with Cloud Computing paradigms and orchestration tools, e.g. IBM Cloud, AWS, Azure, GCP, Kubernetes/OpenShift
  • Extensive solution design and architecture experience, including capturing requirements in a customer-facing capacity
  • Prior experience designing Commercial off-the-shelf solutions to meet those requirements
  • Strong network management and OSS Integration experience 
  • Telecom carrier or large enterprise customer experience
  • Must have excellent communication, documentation, and customer-facing skills
  • Skilled with Solution Architecture Methodology, Process, and Tooling
  • Ability to develop technical briefs and detailed solution designs
  • Ability to convey technical concepts to a diverse audience
  • Technical familiarity with databases, programming, API and scripting

Preferred Experience: 

  • Experience working with a broad spectrum of technology solutions 
  • Experience working in consulting of solutions including SaaS / IaaS / PaaS and/or Cloud.

About our team:

Being a member of the IBM Technology Expert Labs team is about moving fast. We’ve a bias for action, and an obsession to support our clients as they overcome their most difficult issues. As a team, you will address complex problems, including solution design, solution build and performance, and the implementation of the solution with scale and efficiency. You will work alongside a passionate team of individuals who are driving innovation and digital transformation for the benefit of client business value.

With experience in more than 47,000+ customer engagements and 4.4/5.0 engagement satisfaction scores, being a member of the IBM Technology Expert Labs team means you’ll join our customers’ inner circle helping them modernize, integrate, automate, and cultivate trusted AI solutions for the next phase of their journey. 

In a world where technology moves at speed, it’s essential that we stay ahead of the curve to provide tailored solutions from across IBM’s whole product suite that meets our client’s needs. It’s not enough for us to know that there are problems in the world, it’s an obsession that drives us to help our clients modernize and thrive. Always.

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